How to block videos on YouTube

In this tutorial, learn tips on how to block videos on YouTube and prevent them from appearing again in the website interface, browser, or app for Android and iPhone (iOS).

How to block YouTube channel suggestions

Traditional YouTube does not yet have a native function to block videos on the platform. However, the service allows blocking of channel suggestions that appear on the home page, as soon as you open the app or access the website, or in other playlists.

The channel is not blocked, and nothing prevents it from reappearing at some point while browsing YouTube (or if you subscribe to that channel). But at least it prevents the YouTube algorithm from making channel recommendations on your account.

To block YouTube channel suggestions:

  1. Open YouTube in the browser or mobile app;
  2. On the thumbnail of a suggested video, tap the three dots icon;
  3. Select the “Do not recommend the channel” option.

How to block a YouTube user

Now let’s get into some partial or fully effective YouTube blocking solutions. The first one is how to block a channel, in this case the user who controls that channel.

Channel blocking does not affect the channel itself, but the person responsible for it. That is, the block is on the user and interactions you could have with that person, such as sharing videos or sending comments. Still, YouTube’s algorithm may understand that you no longer want to view content from that channel.

  1. Open YouTube and enter the channel page;
  2. Click on “About”, if you are on YouTube using the browser, and go to the report flag. Select “Block User” and confirm on “Send”;
  3. In the YouTube mobile app, tap the channel’s three dots icon and then “Block User”. Confirm the lock by tapping “Block”.

How to block a channel for children

Along the same lines as user blocking, the YouTube app has an option to block channels for children.

It is not necessary to have YouTube Kids installed, and the platform also reminds you that only videos from that one are blocked. Content similar or related to the channel creator remains visible in other channels.

  1. Open YouTube and enter the channel page;
  2. Click on “About”, if you are on YouTube using the browser, and go to the report flag. In the YouTube mobile app, tap the channel’s three dots icon;
  3. Select “Lock channel for children”;
  4. Confirm the action in “Continue”.

How to block videos on YouTube Kids

So far, the only way to block videos on YouTube is using the YouTube Kids app, a version of the video platform aimed at children up to 12 years old. The tool has the native feature and is valid for any video hosted in the children’s version.

  1. Open YouTube Kids in the browser (“youtubekids.com”, without quotes) or access the mobile app;
  2. Access a video you want to block;
  3. Click on the three dots icon next to the video;
  4. Select “Block this video only”. If you want to block an entire channel, select “Block entire channel”;
  5. Go to “Block”;
  6. It may be that the platform asks for a password or asks you to solve a math account to confirm the lock.

At any time you can unblock a video or channel on YouTube Kids. Just go to your account settings and remove the content from the blocked list.

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